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Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalinby Timothy Snyder
Synopses & Reviews
Americans call the Second World War The Good War.” But before it even began, Americas wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens—and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At wars end, both the German and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness.
Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power. Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history.
Book News Annotation:
Noting that concentration camps were not where most of the victims of Nazism and Stalinism died, Snyder (history, Yale U.) investigates the murder of 14 million people by Nazi and Soviet regimes at killing sites in the "bloodlands," the geographic region between Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union, encompassing the Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, the Baltics, and western Russia between 1933 and 1945. These killings were part of political mass murder and Soviet and Nazi policy but were not casualties of the war between them, and many occurred before World War II began. These include killings Stalin directed at Soviet Ukraine and during the Great Terror; the shooting and gassing of Jews in the Soviet Union, Poland, and the Baltic States; and the mass starvation of Soviet prisoners of war and the inhabitants of Leningrad. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A prize-winning historian recasts the history of modern Europe around its central catastrophe: the fourteen million people killed by totalitarian regimes in the lands between Hitler and Stalin
About the Author
Timothy Snyder is Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of The Reconstruction of Nations, Sketches from a Secret War, and The Red Prince. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
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